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BWF World Championships'18 LIVE: Sindhu vs Marin, the Colossal Meet

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 05 Aug, 2018
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India’s PV Sindhu reached Finals once again at the BWF World Championships 2018 after defeating the World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan with 21-16, 24-22 in Nanjing, China.


On the other hand, the Spain’s reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin, too, reached finals after ousting He Bingjiao with 13-21, 21-16, 21-13 in the semi-finals.


Sindhu, in both the games, gave an amazing comeback like a fighter against the Japanese to book her place in the Finals. The onset from Sindhu made Yamaguchi to lead with straight points of 5-0, before the former hit back slowly to her advantage of 9-8.


As Sindhu learnt the liability of Yamaguchi, drove her to the back corners of the court constantly, while the latter played around the net; from the trail of 10-12, Sindhu pulled off the seven straight points and eventually the game.


In the second game, the actual show started when Sindhu was staring down the barrel at 12-19; came back to the lead in the thirst of closing the match in the straight sets saving 12 of 15 points to overcome Yamaguchi’s stiff resistance.


Meanwhile, Yamaguchi’s poor returns at the net and silly mistakes made Sindhu to score three free points before ending the match.


Previously, Marin dished out a clinical performance in the enthralling 69-minute encounter.


The sixth seeded Chinese was in good form with the first game but lost momentum in the second game. Bingjiao slipped while returning the shot in the beginning of the second game, which made her to lose the confidence and Marin to take the advantage.


Marin changed the gear and started to just return the bird, while Bingjiao had to be too defensive, which made her weary by the end of the match.


In tomorrow’s meet, will Sindhu change the color of the medal, yet, again this time?


It’s going to be the mettlesome summit clash between the giants to repeat the 2016 Rio Olympic encounter.


The head-to-head record between Sindhu and Marin stands at six wins each but the Spaniard have had the measure of the Indian shuttler in the final of the Rio Olympics gold medal clash.


The apex encounter between the toughs promise to be a humdinger and chance for Sindhu to become the first Indian badminton world champion.

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